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Wednesday Night Preview: Paul Wight is All Elite & Adam Cole explains his actions

Chris Aiken has your Wednesday night preview for the AEW Dynamite and NXT shows, or the “Wednesday Night War.”


The two Wednesday night wrestling shows are back with two loaded episodes. Below are lineups and previews for AEW and NXT.

AEW:

  • Paul Wight is All Elite
  • World Title Eliminator Tournament U.S. bracket semifinal: Nyla Rose vs. Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D.
  • Face of the Revolution ladder match qualifier: Rey Fenix vs. Lance Archer (with Jake Roberts)
  • Hangman Page vs. Isiah Kassidy (with Matt Hardy)
  • Team Taz (Brian Cage & Ricky Starks with Taz & Hook) vs. The Varsity Blonds (Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison)
  • Jon Moxley vs. Ryan Nemeth
  • Jake Hager vs. Brandon Cutler
  • Sting is “out for revenge”
  • Tony Schiavone interviews Miro, Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford

NXT:

  • Adam Cole explains his turn on Kyle O’Reilly and his attack on NXT Champion Finn Balor
  • Non-title no DQ match: Karrion Kross vs. NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar
  • Non-title match: NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai vs. Zoey Stark
  • Non-title match: NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano vs. Dexter Lumis
  • Xia Li vs. Kacy Catanzaro
  • The Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake) vs. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain

2/24/2021 AEW Dynamite 

As build to Revolution continues, big news broke today about a big signing ahead of a big show.

Paul Wight is All Elite

The superstar now formerly known as “Big Show” is joining AEW after reportedly signing a long term deal with the company. The press release indicted Wight would have an “extensive role within AEW,” which includes a “return to the ring” and a new role as a commentator.

Wight will serve as a commentator for a new showed titled AEW Dark: Elevation. This marks the third weekly wrestling show of its kind produced by AEW, and Elevation is set to premiere on Mondays via YouTube. AEW Dark will continue to debut via YouTube every Tuesday. Besides those two YouTube shows and Dynamite on TNT, AEW also produces podcasts like AEW Unrestricted, among other projects.

More details on the new show and the signing of Wight are forthcoming tonight on Dynamite. Wight himself brings experience in both pro wrestling and mass media, but a regular gig as a television commentator is something new.

Wight appearing on Dynamite would mean a return to TNT. Debuting as a wrestler in 1995, Wight was featured heavily on WCW Monday Nitro on TNT. Billed as the son of Andre, Wight was dubbed “The Giant” after debuting in WCW. He was immediately placed in main events during in a campy feud with Hulk Hogan. Wight would remain with WCW through its short run as the number one promotion in the world.

By the time WCW began to sink, Wight jumped aboard Vince McMahon’s ship in 1999. Wight became “Big Show” in WWE, and he embarked on the lengthy career with the world’s largest pro wrestling company. Not only did he wrestle, Wight also starred in a movie and a sitcom while working for WWE. Now he moves to another stage of his career, while he also returns to TNT.

Hopefully there is a possibility of a cross-promotional appearance on TBS, which is the first TV channel he appeared on in his WCW days. TBS has the most ironic show for the former Big Show to—The Go-Big Show of course. Pun most certainly intended.

Qualifiers and Eliminators 

The Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament continues tonight on Dynamite with a semifinal match in the United States bracket. Dr. Britt Baker collides with Nyla Rose in the semifinal bout.

Another match scheduled for tonight is similar to an eliminator, except it is a qualifier. Rey Fenix meets Lance Archer in a match, and the winner qualifies for the ladder match at Revolution. On the line in the ladder match is a shot at the TNT Championship.

Other matches on Dynamite

Several singles matches set for tonight seem to further develop either storylines or characters. Hopefully some of the matches even do both. Among the singles matches is Hangman Page facing one-half of Private Party. That team in recent months has been aligned with Matt Hardy, who is set to face Page in a “Big Money Match” at Revolution. Isiah Kassidy of Private Party takes on Page in a match tonight with Hardy in Kassidy’s corner. Will Dark Order once again have Hangman’s back?

In what looks to somewhat be an enchancement match of sorts, Jon Moxley has a match against the “Hollywood Hunk” Ryan Nemeth. Likewise, Jake Hager meets Brandon Cutler in what could be another kind of enhancement match.

In tag team action, Team Taz members Brian Cage and Ricky Starks wrestle The Varsity Blonds. Sting is “out for revenge” after being attacked by Team Taz. Sting could factor into this match, or Sting could play some sort of role in the segment.

Also announced for tonight is sit-down interview with Tony Schiavone talking with the trio of Miro, Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford.

AEW Dynamite airs on TNT at 8:00 p.m. ET.


2/24/2021 WWE NXT

The black-and-gold brand is back with another episode. Non-title matches are the order of the day, and so is an explanation.

Adam Cole explains his actions

What is the future for Undisputed Era? Viewers might find out more clues when Adam Cole on NXT explains his recent actions. Cole turned on Kyle O’Reilly as part of a cliffhanger ending to the last TakeOver supercard. Before attacking O’Reilly, Cole attacked NXT Champion Finn Balor.

Cole followed up his attacks at TakeOver with more assaults last week on NXT. Setting his sights on the NXT Championship, Cole interfered to cost Balor a pinfall lose in a six-man tag team match on the previous episode. Cole also again attacked O’Reilly, who was stretchered out of the NXT soundstage.

Speculation abounds about whether O’Reilly leaving on a stretcher was a work or a shoot. O’Reilly being taken out on a stretcher did not air on the show, but video and photos emerged after the show went off the air last week.

No-DQ match

With the NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar, time has proverbially been running out for him according to Scarlett. As the sands of the hourglass run out ahead of showtime, time is near for Escobar to face Karrion Kross in a non-title no disqualification match.

Kross and Escobar both wrestled for AAA in Mexico, but their paths have rarely crossed in the ring on a regular basis. Recently they have become embroiled in a feud. Scores get settled tonight.

Other non-title matches

Besides the no DQ bout, two other non-title matches are part of NXT this week. NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai meets Zoey Stark in a non-title match.

Another non-title match is months in the making when Johnny Gargano collides with Dexter Lumis. Gargano currently holds the NXT North American Championship, but he must put that aside tonight for a grudge match against Lumis. This follows last week’s developments when Gargano’s stableamate, Austin Theory, was back after being supposedly kidnapped on a previous episode.

Also announced for NXT is Xia Li against Kacy Catanzaro in a single match. The Grizzled Young Verterans in tag team action take on the odd couple team of Drake Maverick and Killian Dain.

NXT airs tonight on USA Network at 8:00 p.m ET.

 

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